The Cat's Hat Kabobs
Kabobs are a fun and easy way to serve up fruits and veggies as a special treat. Kids will love to help make and eat these Seussian snacks patterned after the Cat’s red and white hat.
What You’ll Need:
- for cheesy veggie kabobs: grape tomatoes or red bell pepper with mozzarella cheese or Monterey Jack*
- for fruit kabobs: strawberry or watermelon with banana or apple (peeled)
- for desert kabobs: circular red gummy candies or red licorice wheels with marshmallows (regular or mini, depending on the size of your candy)
- bamboo or plastic skewers
Prepare fruits and vegetables by washing, peel apples or bananas, and cut watermelon from rind.
To make a tidy topper, you need to cut foods into circles before you stack them on skewers. Try to create circles or slices of similar diameter and thickness. When adding food to skewers, copy the Cat’s hat—always start with white and end with red.
- For cheesy veggie kabobs, if you don’t have a small round cookie cutter, try improvising one by pressing a clean plastic lid from a milk jug or a slightly smaller lid from another bottle into modest slices of cheese. Simply slice grape tomatoes and alternate with the cheese on the skewer. Or use red pepper circles that you’ve cut from a quartered and seeded pepper.
- Alternate strawberry and banana slices to make the fruit kabob. Or substitute circular cut watermelon and peeled apple for a crisp and juicy kabob. Brush banana or apple pieces with lemon juice to keep them from turning brown.
- Desert kabobs are a sweet chewy treat and should be stacked a little shorter. Use your choice of red candy and alternate with marshmallows. You may want to use clean kitchen shears to cut large marshmallows in half or flatten mini marshmallows to achieve diameters and thicknesses similar to your candy.
If your Hat Kabobs are party fare, consider covering the sweet skewer of candy on the desert kabob with clear plastic and tie with a red bow for a take home treat!
*If dietary restrictions don’t allow for dairy, try a soy cheese or peel and slice a small cucumber or white carrot as a substitute.